Customers of a beloved eatery and bakery in downtown Binghamton have been concerned about the fate of the business, which has been closed in recent weeks.

Chroma Cafe & Bakery has operated at 97 Court Street, across from the Security Mutual building for nearly a decade.

The business was launched in a smaller space around the corner on Chenango Street in 2012 by Heath and Nancy Hauptfleisch. The operation moved to its current site about two years later. Gerilyn and Kim Cummings acquired Chroma Cafe in November 2019.

A sign at Chroma Cafe & Bakery on January 22, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A sign at Chroma Cafe & Bakery on January 22, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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It appears the business suspended operations a few days after Christmas. A social media post indicated it would be closed until January 16. A later post indicated it would remain closed until February 1 but advised patrons to "stay tuned for some exciting news!!!"

Chroma Cafe & Bakery remains dark with no sign of activity except for a new message on the front door indicating "things don't always go as planned." It added: "I promise exciting things are happening, they are just taking a little more time than expected." It concluded by saying "We will open soon!!!"

A notice posted in the Chroma Cafe entrance on February 5, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A notice posted in the Chroma Cafe entrance on February 5, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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People familiar with the situation have said the business owners are ready to retire and are preparing to sell Chroma Cafe. They have not responded to messages seeking comment.

A prospective buyer told WNBF News on Wednesday he could not comment on the status of a possible purchase of the business at this time.

Chroma Cafe & Bakery at 97 Court Street in downtown Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Chroma Cafe & Bakery at 97 Court Street in downtown Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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